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Monkey Park Iwatayama, Kyoto

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Zoo / Aquarium
Get an up-close look at Japanese macaques at Monkey Park Iwatayama, a forested area providing a home to a large troop of native primates. You'll be able to observe the monkeys from the safety of a caged viewing area, but be sure to follow posted instructions to avoid potentially dangerous encounters within unfenced spots. In addition to the monkeys, you'll find that the park features a sweeping view over the nearby city. Plan your Monkey Park Iwatayama visit and explore what else you can see and do in Kyoto using our Kyoto family vacation planner.
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  • Have to say this was one of the best trips ever!!! Johnny our driver was safe and pleasant! Nacho, was great entertainment as well as very knowledgeable throughout our time with him! From the educatio...  more »
  • It was a lot of fun visiting this place! I highly recommend it! However it requires solid 15 minutes hike to climb a mountain so make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes! We were able to see one m...  more »
  • The steep hike up stairs, hills, and the trail way was well worth the sweat. Once you start your journey, you can observe the dense vegetation of the mountainous area surrounding you. The monkeys can ...  more »
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  • Nice walk up to the Monkey Park, although it's a bit steep at times so probably don't wear heels (although if you're wearing heels to a monkey park you've got different priorities than I do). Really nice staff up at the top, and clear instructions posted everywhere on how to behave. Worth a quick stop. Also if you're collecting stamps they have a station here!
  • The climb up took about 15-20 minutes depending on your speed. Mostly sheltered by tall trees on the way up. The monkeys are nice to watch, but really, they are just interested in the food that you hold. It costs 100 yen for either a small pack of peanuts (10 or so), or a small pack of chopped bananas. They seem to prefer the bananas. Place is abit of a far walk from the main JR station, for those making use of the pass. However, there are restaurants along the way. It gets harder to cycle along the main touristy roads towards the mountain.
  • The monkeys are on the top of a 160m hill. The climb to the top is a little difficult, but totally worth it. Carry drinking water with you during the climb. Kyoto cityscape from the top makes all the hard work worth it. You can feed peanuts to the monkeys from a specially designed cage only. Do not try to feed them anything elsewhere, they might snatch away your luggage! Do visit if you're in Kyoto and have some spare time.
  • Those monkeys sure do love their fruit and nuts. Only 500 yens which includes a pleasing short hike up the hill for free (!) to these chilled out monkeys with their fluffy coats and silly human-like faces. The small monkeys are cuter than the bigger ones. They do occasionally bicker which is pretty entertaining too. Go early to avoid crowds but isn't that true of anywhere?
  • We went to the bamboo forest early and while it was pretty, we had previously gotten lost on the way down from the Inari shrine in Kyoto, finding ourselves in a bamboo forest that was much more secluded and personal, although also tinged with the fear of being lost. Nevertheless, we went to the monkey park which costs 500 yen and is a 20 minute hike/walk to the top of this mountain/hill. At the top there is a clearing where you see all the Macaque monkeys, and the trainers will feed them every hour approximately. There are no cages, so they're just walking around among you. It was a unique experience as I've never seen a monkey outside of a zoo but if you're from certain parts of India I'm sure this is an everyday experience. You can feed them from inside a caged rest house by paying 100 yen for a bag of peanuts, bananas or something else. You open your palm with the food and they'll reach through the cage and grab it right out of your hand. I think this was the highlight of our Arashiyama trip. The hike isn't hard and you could probably even do it in flip flops.